The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) strives towards the effective conservation and protection of Africa's natural and cultural heritage. AWHF is for all African Member states who have signed the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention in support of these goals. The AWHF is the first regional funding initiative within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

The AWHF was launched in May 2006 under South African Trust Law in order to provide financial and technical support for the effective conservation and protection of Africa's natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value. The fund was established as a result of work undertaken by African member states of UNESCO and the African Union with the objective of developing an ongoing strategy to deal with the challenges that most African countries have in implementing the World Heritage Convention.

In October 2009, AWHF became a Category II Centre under the auspices of UNESCO. Category II Centres contribute to the strategic objectives of UNESCO in helping implement its mandate throughout the world.

Mission Statement

AWHF pursues the identification and preparation of African sites towards inscription on the World Heritage List; the conservation and management of sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List; the rehabilitation of sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger and the training of heritage experts and site managers. Through effective and sustainable management, Africa's World Heritage sites will be catalysts in transforming Africa's image and act as a vehicle to stimulate economic growth and infrastructure development

Request for proposals and assistance is open to all African member states that have ratified the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention. 

Before considering submission, potential applicants are urged to read the outline as offered by the website of the AWHF at the following address: http://www.awhf.net

Application dates

Acceptance of applications for financial assistance starts on 1st June and closes on 30th July. The results will be announced in May 2011.

How to apply?

Application forms in English and French can be downloaded electronically from the AWHF website (http://www.awhf.net). Both electronic and hard copies of the application should be submitted to:

Mr Jacob Mhando Nyangila

Programme Specialist

African World Heritage Fund

1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill,

Midrand, 1685, South Africa


Telephone: +27 (0)11 256 3553
Email: jacobn@dbsa.org / jacobn@awhf.net   with copies to info@awhf.net
Website: www.awhf.net

(Pleases note that only applications approved by the National Director in charge of Cultural/Natural heritage or equivalent will be accepted).